CK 47303 World Outside
Produced by Stephen Street and The Psychedelic Furs
Released on July 1991
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T he Furs’ farewell didn’t fare any better than Book, though it’s a far better effort. World Outside is a lush, tuneful record compared to the bleak Book of Days, evoking a fine balance between the band’s atonal origins and the full production of mid-period pop like “Love My Way” and “Heartbreak Beat.” As such, this may be one of the few Furs discs to please players in both camps: those who discovered them on the front lines of the punk movement of the late ‘70s and those who thought “Pretty In Pink” was like, omigod, such a great song. As usually happens in the waning days of an influential band like The Psychedelic Furs, the history lesson gets a little jumbled in the retelling. The Furs never had this much in common with The Cure, U2 or The Smiths, but they were contemporaries in the same general corps (new wave), so what’s a little borrowing between friends? Plus, plugging into the band’s original punk dogma for Book of Days proved a dull read, so the Furs and coproducer Stephen Street were smart to tap into the Furs’ commercial legacy for World Outside. Songs like “Valentine,” “Until She Comes” and “Sometimes” are as exciting as one could expect from the Furs’ last stand, fine additions to the band’s career (really, which is pretty rare on a final ride). The remaining material is mostly a walk through the familiar haunts, decked out in tasteful production but pretty skinny underneath (“In My Head,” “Get A Room”). For a Furs Finale, World Outside is better than I hoped; perhaps even better than they deserved. Many of their contemporaries (Echo & The Bunnymen, OMD) were less fortunate, mere shadows of their former selves in the end. Despite retooling the band to include three new members, World Outside captures the band’s spirit better than the “reunion” record (Book of Days, which welcomed original drummer Vince Ely back into the fold). Recalling that nothing lasts furever, this is as graceful an exit as one could hope for.

CK 47303 lyric sleeve CK 47303 back sleeve
CK 47303 lyric sleeve CK 47303 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. VALENTINE
  2. IN MY HEAD
  3. UNTIL SHE COMES
  4. DON'T BE A GIRL
  5. SOMETIMES
  6. TEARING DOWN
  7. THERE'S A WORLD
  8. GET A ROOM
  9. BETTER DAYS
  10. ALL ABOUT YOU

    All lyrics by Richard Butler. All songs written and arranged by The Psychedelic Furs.

CREDITS

JOHN ASHTON --
RICHARD BUTLER -- screenprint images
TIM BUTLER --
KNOX CHANDLER --
JOE McGINTY --
DON YALLECH --
Stephen Street -- engineer
Hugh Padgham -- mixing (7)
Vaughan Oliver/v23 -- art direction and design, screenprint images
Simon Larbalestier -- original photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GER 1991 East West CD/CS 74669  
US July 1991 Columbia CD/CS CK/CT 47303 lyric sleeve
GER 1991 Warner Bros. LP WX 422 inner sleeve
JPN 1991 East West CD WMC5-413  

 

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